Last week ABC announced that the TV show, Castle, starring Nathan Fillion and Stania Katic (or so we thought), will lose both Katic who plays Kate Beckett and Tamala Jones who plays Lanie. The next season will be it's ninth, and for shows to last this long they need to change. And this show has.
We've lost captains, first when we found out that Captain Roy Mongomery (played by Ruben Santiago) was a dirty cop and sacrificed himself to save Beckett and this season we lost Captain Victoria Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald) when Beckett became captain.
We've seen other changes as Rick opened up his detective office and even got a partner. He and Beckett got married, separated (secretly and not so secretly). Beckett went to the FBI for awhile. Bad people tried to get them and they were saved by Rick's super-spy father and step-mom.
There was a moment, right after Castle and Beckett got engaged when I thought the show was going in the direction of Hart to Hart (Stephanie Powers and Robert Wagner). That lovey-dovey couple used to travel the world living a glamorous life, solving mysteries and saving each other from harm every single week. It might have worked for Castle and Beckett who fans of the couple call Caskett, which might turn out to be prophetic if they really kill the Kate Beckett character.
These latest cast changes are gutsy, and Castle fans are in an uproar.
I can see Lanie leaving. As much as I love her character, when she and Esposito broke up, it limited her story potential because there isn't that much time in a one-hour show.
But if Beckett dies and Castle, Ryan, and Esposito go after her killer, this becomes a very different show. It would open up the potential stories, but it would also lose its light-heartedness and joy. It becomes dark, and full of regret. Which isn't why I watch Castle.
I love Nathan Fillion's character, and Nathan Fillion for that matter, so matter what the writers do, I will watch it anyway. But how do they keep the spirit of the show by ripping its heart in half?
What do you think about Stania Katic leaving Castle?